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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

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Glenn Greenwald
Guardian Reporter
CNNW 07/31/2013
Tapper: Clapper's office today released its own set of stunning documents. Among them a previously classified Congressional briefing paper outlining the Patriot. act provision allowing for an early warning system involving logging all the domestic e-mails and phone conversations of Americans, with this attempted assurance, only a tiny fraction of such records are ever viewed by NSA
Glenn Greenwald
Guardian Reporter
CNNW 07/31/2013
Tapper: intelligence analysts. But -- and here's where Greenwald's story today is important -- the question is not whether they're viewed as an official policy but whether they can be. Snowden told Greenwald: yes. Snowden: I sitting at my desk certainly this the authorities to wiretap anyone. Tapper: Though members and supporters of the US national security apparatus disputed that. Greenwald: there's no question but that Edward Snowden has been completely vindicated by the documents and by the disclosures as a completely honest whistleblower one of the most significant whistleblowers in American history.
Glenn Greenwald
Guardian Reporter
CNNW 07/31/2013
Tapper: intelligence analysts. But -- and here's where Greenwald's story today is important -- the question is not whether they're viewed as an official policy but whether they can be. Snowden told Greenwald: yes. Snowden: I sitting at my desk certainly this the authorities to wiretap anyone. Tapper: though members and supporters of the US. national security apparatus disputed that. Greenwald: there's no question but that Edward Snowden has been completely vindicated by the documents and by the disclosures as a completely honest whistle-blower one of the most significant whistleblowers in American history.
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CNNW 07/31/2013
Wyden: What I can tell you is last December during the debate about the foreign intelligence surveillance act, I specifically spoke on the floor of is the united states senate about what is really called the back-door search loophole in the foreign intelligence surveillance act. And that's a loophole that allows for the examination of phone calls and e-mails on Americans without a warrant.
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CNNW 07/31/2013
Wyden: that's something that I believe needs to be closed and apropos of your conversation, I think this is a unique time in our constitutional history. I don't think we should let this time go by without striking a better balance between security and liberty. Tapper: You seem to be suggesting though there are not enough constraints not safeguards on who has access to this information that we all now know about. Wyden: I particularly believe that the bulk collection of hundreds of millions of phone call records on
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CNNW 07/31/2013
Wyden continued: law-abiding Americans is a very substantial invasion of privacy. When you know who somebody called and when they called and where they called from you’ve been basically establishing a human relations data base. For example, if you know that someone called a psychiatrist twice in the last 36 hours, once after midnight you know a lot about that person. And it could have great implications for them, say with their employer.
Jake Tapper
CNN host, The Lead With Jake Tapper
CNNW 07/31/2013
Tapper: The Director of National Intelligence, Mr. Clapper, released some information today and there seemed to be two significant items in what he released. One is about this bulk e-mail collection program that operated until 2011. Intelligence officials had said they shut it down on their own. Though it was you and Sen. Udall who pushed for it to be shut down. Now you have said in the past that intelligence officials gave statements about the value of this bulk email data collection program, statements that were not true. With today's declassification
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CNNW 07/31/2013
Tapper continued: by clapper, can you say with any more specificity what wasn't true in the assertions that these officials were making about bulk e-mail data collection? Wyden: I can't get into the details, but let me be very specific about what concerns Sen. Udall and I. In the document that was declassified today, it talked about how the bulk collection of e-mail was
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CNNW 07/31/2013
Wyden continued: a vital capability. That was the specifics language used by the intelligence community. Senator Udall and I believed early on that that was not the case. We kept pressing the point. We were able to show that it was, in effect, worthless. That's the reason it was eliminated and yet on the intelligence community when they first described it a few days ago, they said it was for operational reasons. The fact of the matter is, Jake, on issue after issue, too many
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CNNW 07/31/2013
Wyden continued 2: of the leaders in the intelligence community have not just kept the Congress in the dark. The Congress have been given inaccurate statements and in effect been actively misled. Tapper: Another line of defense by Clapper is they scoop up tons of information but it's okay because they have rules about how to access it. Now you’ve said there’s been a couple of issues with that. First, that the scooping itself violates privacy. But second, there are questions about whether there have ever been any violations. Friday
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